MEEKER—The Meeker Bulldogs controlled the trenches Friday night, and came away with a 33-21 victory over the visiting McLoud Redskins. Meeker racked up 336 yards of total offense to go 2-0 on the season.

MEEKER—The Meeker Bulldogs controlled the trenches Friday night, and came away with a 33-21 victory over the visiting McLoud Redskins. Meeker racked up 336 yards of total offense to go 2-0 on the season.

“We left some points on the board tonight,” said Meeker head coach DJ Howell. “We just need to clean up a few things, but we are 2-0 and am pretty happy about that.”

Meeker flexed its muscle early, stopping the Redskin on their first possession then scoring on a six-play, 53-yard drive. Quarterback Jacob Martin scored from four yards out with 5:50 left in the first, but it was Caden Wolford that damaged the McLoud defense. Wolford carried the ball four times for 50 yards, including a 35-yard beauty on Meeker’s second play from scrimmage.

The Redskins answered quickly as Damien Dye ran for a 35-yard score with 4:51 remaining in the first to knot the score at 7-7.

After a couple of punts by each team, Meeker took the lead, for good, when Martin found an open Dawson Stanberry for a 19-yard scoring strike. “He (Martin) made some really key plays for us tonight,” said Howell. “I’m really proud of how well he played.”

The Bulldogs went up two scores on Martin’s third touchdown of the half. This one started on the defensive side of the ball as Meeker’s pressure up front caused an errant snap from center that was recovered by Wolford on the McLoud 15 yard line. Martin scored five plays later from the one yard line, giving Meeker a 19-7 lead with 5:19 left in the half.

McLoud jumped back into the game in the third, as they took advantage of a Wolford fumble during Meeker’s first drive of the second half. Mason Nikkel pounced on the loose ball at the Bulldog 40 yard line. It took just five plays for McLoud to score on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Koulton Keller to Carson McCann. That cut the lead to 19-14 with 7:19 left in the third.

Wolford answered, big time. The bruising sophomore took a handoff up the middle and scooted 37 yards to paydirt, making the count 27-14 at the 5:55 mark of the third. Wolford finished with 154 yards rushing on 29 carries.

Wolford scored his second touchdown of the night on a one-yard plunge with 1:42 left in the third, giving Meeker a 33-14 lead. McLoud tried to rally, scoring on its next possession on Keller’s second touchdown pass of the gane. This time he hit Coye Campbell for a 27-yard score to cut the deficit to 33-21 with 9:16 left in the game. Meeker played keep away the remainder of the game to earn the 33-21 victory.

The Bulldogs will travel to Perry next Friday night, while McLoud will host Bethel.